Po­lice back on top af­ter Machakos leg

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

BY SAM­SON ATEKA / Kenya Po­lice have taken a nine point lead go­ing into the fi­nal round of the Sport­pesa Na­tional Box­ing League.

True to their word, Po­lice qual­i­fied all their box­ers in the ten fi­nal con­tests in Machakos over the week­end to avenge the hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat they had suf­fered at the hands of Kenya De­fence Forces in Thika.

Po­lice coached by 1990 Auck­land Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­ist Ge­orge “Fore­man” Onyango fought their hearts out scor­ing 20 points against the sol­dier’s 11.

“We were re­ally de­ter­mined to prove a point af­ter our Thika de­ba­cle where some of our box­ers missed out due to in­jury. How­ever, we an­tic­i­pate a very tough oc­ca­sion in the last leg.I be­lieve it will be dif­fi­cult to stop us,” said Onyango.

In one of the high­lights of the fi­nals, Bei­jing Olympian Aziz Ali suf­fered de­feat to To­bias Okeyo of Po­lice. The judges scores it 2-1 in favour of Okeyo.

Aziz had hoped to meet Elly Ajowi in a grudge match but the lat­ter moved up to the light heavy­weight cat­e­gory. Ajowi, a Kenya team boxer de­feated Hezron Ma­ganga of KDF.

PICCENTRE

To­bias Okeyo (L) of Kenya Po­lice trades blows with Bernard Okulo of Ken­track in the heavy weight cat­e­gory at the 4th Leg of the Sport­pesa Na­tional Box­ing League at Mulu Mutisya Grounds Machakos./

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